The Havelock High boys basketball team scored the last four points of the game to beat Triton 63-61 in the second round of the state 3A playoffs Wednesday night in Erwin.
Seventh-seeded Havelock (18-9) trailed second-seeded Triton (23-4) 61-59 in the closing moments but got a three-point play to lead 62-61. Triton failed to convert on its next possession, and the Rams added a free throw at the end to get the victory.
The contest was tight throughout. The Rams led 15-14 after the first quarter and held a 29-28 advantage at halftime. Triton took a 45-43 lead heading into the final quarter.
With the victory, Havelock advances to play Coastal 3A Conference and county rival West Craven in the third round on Friday night at West Craven. The third-seeded Eagles (24-4) defeated No. 6 Wilson Hunt (21-6) 74-61 Wednesday night.
Havelock and West Craven will be playing for the fourth time this season, with the Eagles coming away victorious in all three previous meetings. The teams played just one week ago for the Coastal 3A Conference tournament championship, with the Eagles winning 74-62 in a close contest. The week before that in a game at Havelock High, the Rams and Eagles were tied with two minutes left, but West Craven pulled out the 75-68 victory.
The winner of the contest advances to next week's regionals in Fayetteville. Tip-off will follow at the end of the West Craven girls playoff game, which is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Havelock girls lost in the second round of the playoffs 47-41 at C.B. Aycock on Wednesday night.
The Rams, who finished fourth in the Coastal 3A Conference and were seeded 13th for the playoffs, fell to 12th-seeded C.B. Aycock, which improved to 14-13 on the season.
The Havelock girls finish their season with a 16-12 overall record.